Barrington schools will see increased presence of police officers

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Barrington police will be visiting local public schools this week discussing safety protocols, lockdown procedures and other information with school principals.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said school department and police officials have been communicating more since the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in mid-December. The discussions have been part of an effort to better understand the safety and security measures in place in Barrington.

He said that in addition to the upcoming talks between police and school leaders, the department is also planning to increase its presence in schools.

“We’re going to start getting more officers into the schools,” he said. “Not just in front of the schools.”

Directly following the Connecticut shooting, Barrington police stepped up their presence outside local schools. Chief LaCross said the local police officers will now also be present inside Barrington public schools. He said officers will be available for classroom visits and other events.

“These will be random times. This won’t be on a schedule,” the chief said. “We want to be more visible in the schools.”

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